Guest will be invited for a drink and appetizer during a unique Amsterdam canals boat tour. Amsterdam's canals have been awarded UNESCO's World Heritage status. The boat will bring you back to the Golden Age. During the trip you will find the Dutch history in numerous mansions and storages houses adjacent to the canals. The boat docks at the Hermitage, where guests disembark for dinner.
19:00 hours, Amstel 51, 1018 EJ Amsterdam
The Hermitage Amsterdam is the Dutch branch of the world-famous Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Located on the banks of the Amstel River, the Hermitage Amsterdam is an exhibition space and cultural education centre with a focus on Russian history and culture. The building in which Hermitage Amsterdam is currently housed was for 324 years a home for the elderly. When at the close of the twentieth century it became apparent that Amstelhof care facility no longer met contemporary requirements it was decided to find a new use for the building. Since June 2009 the site has been home to Hermitage Amsterdam. Following its complete renovation, three architectural bureaus combined to turn Amstelhof into a modern museum: Hans van Heeswijk (building), Merkx+Girod (interior) and Michael van Gessel (grounds).
Dinner will take place in a remarkable room with a breathtaking view. It looks out over the River Amstel and the canal ring with its city palaces lining Herengracht and Keizersgracht. The magical canal ring contains 4,000 historic buildings – including the Hermitage – along a total length of 14 kilometres, connected by 80 bridges. The canal ring is unique in terms of urban development and architecture, and reflects the city’s seventeenth-century ambitions and mercantile spirit. Superbly conserved to this day, it is full of dynamic energy, and since 2010 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The church hall was the main room of the complex. This is where religious services were held and also where residents ate their meals. The women would sit here at long tables on designated seats three times a day.In fact, until the twentieth century this room was one of largest in the city, second only to the Burgher Hall at the Town Hall on Dam Square. Many civic functions were therefore held here, including receptions for dignitaries. Members of the Dutch royal family were received at Amstelhof and Sir Winston Churchill lunched here in 1946.
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